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Acceptable Risks

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart understands his audience.
  

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Thursday, July 23, 2015
If overwhelming talent and performance aren’t enough to outsell “slender, blonde,” that’s the story is and the Times missed it.
  

Conventional Wisdom and Language

0 Comments · Thursday, July 9, 2015
Listening to Morning Edition on WVXU, I was struck by a black Baptist pastor’s word choice when asked about the Supreme Court 5-4 ruling on same-sex marriage. He helped crystalize something that has been bothering me about the whole debate: “Holy matrimony.”  

The Slippery Slope of Journalistic Ethics

0 Comments · Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journalists live on a slippery slope when it come to ethics. 
  

Surprise, Surprise

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
It’s no surprise when reporters are surprised by a major breaking story on their beats.
  

Considering Bias

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Bias — choosing sides in how something is reported — can be overt or subtle. More often, the appearance of bias is the issue. To most people, it’s a distinction without a difference.   

Brutality and Frequency Distinguish ISIS Executions

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
I call it ISIS Porn. That’s the online stream of public beheadings, mutilations and stonings.  

Check It Out

0 Comments · Thursday, April 23, 2015
Failures to embrace the ethical obligation to “check it out” can misdirect or undermine public policy with sometimes deadly effects.  

Avoidable Errors Erode Confidence in 'Enquirer'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Pointing out Enquirer errors — mistaken information that local copy editors would have caught in the Good Old Days — used to be a guilty pleasure. Today, repeated lapses raise a serious question.
  

Media Happenings at The Enquirer, WXIX & More

0 Comments · Monday, March 16, 2015
Lots of good stuff happened during the past fortnight. Rick Green returned to the Enquirer. He’s the new publisher. That puts a solid, veteran journalist and news executive at the top of our Sole Surviving Daily.  

Media Gotcha! Games Here and Abroad

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2015
News media games of Gotcha! turned nasty on both sides of the Atlantic. If embarrassing the other guy were only adults behaving badly, the affairs would be entertaining. It’s that and more...  

Newsroom Enthusiasm and Harper Lee's Long-Lost Manuscript

0 Comments · Monday, February 16, 2015
Finding genuine but previously unknown or long-lost manuscripts can be a publisher’s dream. Narratives by early American writers — as diverse as pioneer midwives or former slaves — still create minor sensations and career-enhancing moments for scholars.   

Brouhaha at the BBC and Al Jazeera

0 Comments · Monday, February 2, 2015
As it is with any news medium where neutrality is a goal, complaints increasingly focus on word choice and allegations of political correctness rather than overt story bias and slant.  

Babel and Begats

0 Comments · Thursday, January 22, 2015
The revival of political reporting after the 2014 election and holidays reminded me of Genesis 11. That’s where you find two teasures: Babel and Begats.  

The (Confusing) Red Cross Response

0 Comments · Monday, January 5, 2015
A reader gently chided me for writing that the American Red Cross “inexplicably” abandoned abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich Maneuver) as its recommended first response to choking.